2010 Emmy Predictions, Picks & Snubs

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2010 Emmy Predictions, Picks & Snubs

On Sunday night, the 62nd Primetime Emmy Awards will hosted by Late Night host Jimmy Fallon. Unfortunately, as far as we know, he won’t be bringing along his backing band The Roots. But we’ll be bringing you commentary throughout the night on our live blog. I’ll be joined by Paste publisher Nick Purdy and all of you in Twitter-land so check back on our site Sunday 8pm ET, 5pm PT. In the meantime, here are my gripes, faulty predictions and cocksure proclamations about the 2010 Primetime Emmys.

Outstanding Comedy Series

The Nominees
Curb Your Enthusiasm  • HBO
Glee • FOX
Modern Family • ABC
Nurse Jackie • Showtime
The Office • NBC
30 Rock • NBC

Who Should Win
Modern Family  

Who Will Win

Who Got Snubbed
Community and Party Down

I have hope that Modern Family will get its due after the best first season for a sitcom in a while. But a strong season from Community and the too-short-lived Party Down should both be in the discussion above The Office.

Outstanding Drama Series

The Nominees
Breaking Bad • AMC
Dexter • Showtime
The Good Wife • CBS
Lost • ABC
Mad Men • AMC
True Blood • HBO

Who Should Win
Mad Men  

Who Will Win
Mad Men  

Who Got Snubbed

The “who should win” is a tough call with four worthy contenders in Breaking Bad, Dexter, Lost and Mad Men. I’d love to see Lost get a second trophy for its final season.

Outstanding Variety, Music Or Comedy Series

The Nominees
The Colbert Report  • Comedy Central
The Daily Show With Jon Stewart • Comedy Central
Real Time With Bill Maher • HBO 
Saturday Night Live • NBC
The Tonight Show With Conan O’Brien • NBC

Who Should Win
The Colbert Report  

Who Will Win
The Daily Show  

Who Got Snubbed
The Tonight Show  (just kidding)

Jon Stewart’s seven-year Emmy-winning run isn’t likely to end, and we’re not likely to complain. It’s hard to dethrone the King of Satire but Stephen Colbert would be the man to do it unless Emmy voters are all part of Team Coco. Conan would definitely have the best acceptance speech since the show is on NBC.


Outstanding Nonfiction Series

American Experience • PBS
American Masters • PBS
Deadliest Catch • Discovery Channel
Life • Discovery Channel
Monty Python: Almost The Truth (The Lawyer’s Cut) • IFC 
The National Parks: America’s Best Idea • PBS

Who Should Win
The National Parks

Who Will Win

Gorgeous cinematography, gripping subject matter. It’s a pick-’em between Ken Burns’ ode to the national parks and the Oprah-narrated Life.


Outstanding Reality Program

The Nominees
Antiques Roadshow • PBS
Dirty Jobs • Discovery Channel
Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution • ABC
Kathy Griffin: My Life On The D-List • Bravo
MythBusters • Discovery Channel
Undercover Boss • CBS

Who Should Win
Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution

Who Will Win
Undercover Boss

This is the category that gave us such Emmy winners as The Osbournes and Queer Eye For the Straight Guy.

Outstanding Reality – Competition Program

The Nominees
The Amazing Race • CBS
American Idol • FOX
Dancing With The Stars • ABC
Project Runway • Lifetime
Top Chef • Bravo

Who Should Win
Project Runway

Who Will Win
The Amazing Race, again.

No other show has won in the seven-year history of the category. It’d be great to see Top Chef or Project Runway change that.